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<i>A baby boy and two back-to-back successes later,Ajay Devgn hopes his lucky spell continues with Aakrosh</i>

Written by Dipti Nagpaul D'souza |
October 2, 2010 6:21:08 am

A baby boy and two back-to-back successes later,Ajay Devgn hopes his lucky spell continues with Aakrosh

Change in the way you spell your name seems to have worked for both your professional and personal life.
It is indeed a great phase of my life. I have become a father once again to a baby boy and the last two films,Raajneeti and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai,have done extremely well.

Had Kajol and you decided on the baby’s name beforehand?
No,it was rather spontaneous. When I saw him,I felt ‘Yug’ is just the name for him. So I suggested it to Kajol who agreed.

Are you a hands-on father?
As much as I can be. I try my best to do the nights shifts,but it all also depends on my work. I’ve been trying to be at home as much as I can as Kajol recovers. But with shoots and promotions for Aakrosh coming up,I’ll have to shuttle between responsibilities.

Which of your two performances — as a Dalit leader in Raajneeti or as a smuggler in Once Upon — get more appreciation?
With Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai,pretty much everyone called in to compliment me. But for Raajneeti,some very senior people from the industry,those I didn’t expect to ever hear from,called me.

The two films make you a strong contender at the awards.
I don’t work for awards so it doesn’t really matter. In fact,in terms of films,I’ve moved on to Aakrosh and am hoping it does equally well. I have done action after a very long time and I’m very excited about it.

Now a father of two,do you find yourself reconsidering doing action?
Performing stunts is much more easier today as compared to when I started my career. Though accidents do happen,the safety precautions are in place and ensure that there is no risk to life.

In a film based on honour killings,where do you fit in?
I play an army officer who has been called in by the CBI to investigate the case of three Delhi University students having gone missing from a small town in Bihar.

Upon investigation,he discovers that these are cases of honour killing. The film’s a thriller and I help fight the injustices.

It’s being said that you and Priyadarshan (the director) got along famously.
Priyan is a fantastic filmmaker especially with serious scripts. Virasat was beautifully made and his Kanchivaram recently won him a National Award. Somehow,he and I clicked instantly on many counts,maybe it’s the cinema sensibilities or our way of working which is that we both like it to be hassle-free.

On the first day of the shoot,Akshaye (Khanna,his co-star in Aakrosh) remarked that even though it’s my first film with Priyan,I am probably going to end up doing next five films with him. And I am already doing his next,titled Bullet Train.

Golmaal 3 is your Diwali offering this year again. Does the film take off from where it last left?
Golmaal 3 has a completely fresh story and characters. This time around,I play a crazy short-tempered guy and Kareena (Kapoor) is one of the boys.

When next are you getting behind the camera?
I have a few ideas in place but I need a six-month break to finalise and get everything rolling.

I have shoots lined up and the break won’t come by until end of next year.

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